Research : Ear Institute Research

Ear Institute Research

Research within the Ear Institute is both clinical and translational. The work of the Ear Institute’s researchers has yielded tremendous advances in understanding the mechanisms of hearing and treating deafness. Research work includes the areas of otology, neurotology, and audiology.

Some of our specialized research, that the Ear Institute is acknowledged for also includes:

  • increasing the knowledge about the fundamental basis of noise-and drug induced damage to hearing; the study of basic receptor mechanisms underlying both the function of the normal and damaged ear at the molecular level
  • comprising the evolution of cochlear implants to determine the efficacy of new devices and programming strategies also we develop alternative programming strategies, particularly for use in very young, language limited children
  • mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) studies the effects of traumatic insults to the inner ear and surrounding neurological structures. The traumatic insults of main interest include blast brain injury, blunt brain injury, noise, and toxins and develop a point of injury test device to determine presence of mTBI
  • hereditary deafness – research of genetic factors in deafness has refined the molecular mechanism in human hearing that translates to genetic discoveries into identification of genes and clinical practice.
  • tinnitus – Counseling, tinnitus retraining therapy are part of our tinnitus research often used to help patients. Also the evaluation and confirmation of the efficacy of intratympanic treatment for acute peripheral tinnitus.